3 Films from last year you missed and shouldn’t have

There are so many films that come out in a year, it’s almost impossible to avoid seeing a few that were a waste of your time and missing a few that were worth your time.  While I’m sure you saw the big budget summer films like ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Dark Knight’, and you probably made it out to a few award winners like ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, I can guarantee you missed a few of the more underrated films of 2008.  Don’t worry, I’m here to help.  Below are summaries of three movies you probably didn’t see last year that you can rent and enjoy today.

#1- Transsiberian

If you’re a fan of old school hitchcock films, or just like a good understated thriller, there’s no reason you shouldn’t see ‘Transsiberian’.  Starring Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, and Woody Harrelson, the story follows a couple riding the Transsiberian Railway from China to Moscow, and along the way they get mixed up in a plot involving undercover drug dealings, shady cops, and murder.  The train settting puts you in a claustrophobic state of mind, and as things unfold, the tension continues to mount.  If you’re looking for nonstop action, this probably isn’t for you, the thrill of ‘Transsiberian’ is mostly cerebral.

#2 Traitor

Don Cheadle is one of the best actors in the business, and rarely does he star in a film, but when he does you’re guaranteed quality (See “Hotel Rwanda”).  In ‘Traitor’, Cheadle plays a Sudanese-American who also happens to be a devout Muslim.  From the beginning of the film, you aren’t quite sure whether or not Cheadle’s character is an actual terrorist, or is working to stop terrorism.  The brilliance of ‘Traitor’ comes both within a fabulous twist near the end, as well as the great education it gives on Muslim culture.  Sadly, when Americans think about Muslims, usually their minds go straight to terrorism.  ‘Traitor’ gives you insight into a world that deals with this predisposition and challenges your own belief system.

#3 Ghost Town

Being a married man, every once in a while I’m required to take my wife to a romantic comedy.  I despise most of these films, and it’s because they’re predictable, overly sappy, and just completely ridiculous.  Maybe it’s because of my jaded view of these films that I found ‘Ghost Town’ to be one of the better romantic comedies I’ve ever seen.  It doesn’t hurt that it stars British comedian Ricky Gervais, who is easily one of the funniest actors around.  Also, I’m a fan of a dry, British style humor and ‘Ghost Town’ has a heavy dose of that.  While the premise is ridiculous, a man who can see and talk to ghosts, the film itself is funny, unpredictable, and well made.  This one is more of a love-it-or-hate-it type film, but I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would.

Well there you go.  Next time your at Blockbuster or on Netflix, you won’t wonder what to rent.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did…

Transsiberian

[rating:4]

Traitor

[rating:4]

Ghost Town

[rating:3.5]

posted by Daniel

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